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    Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    Let me start by saying I don't have a darkroom nor a proper densitometer (although I have been thinking if i need one)

    I would like to perform some tests to see which zones the scanner can actually resolve detail on my 4x5 negatives.

    Is it possible to use one sheet of film, and expose a textured surface several times at different shutter speeds by moving the dark-slide out a certain distance between each exposure.

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    That probably works, the problem will likely be the speed at which you can consistently draw the darkslide, getting as long of a exposure as possible will help there.

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    I would adjust aperture instead. Likely to be more accurate than shutter speeds, and your lens may have 1/3 stop markings for fine tuning.

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    You will probably find this earlier thread helpful: Scanner-performance-v700-and-Vuescan-Pro-in-relation-to-step-wedges

    The Epson V800 appears to have the same performance as the V700 which I tested: it has more than enough dynamic range to handle typical B&W negatives.

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    Thanks Ken for the link, appreciared

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    You will probably find this earlier thread helpful: Scanner-performance-v700-and-Vuescan-Pro-in-relation-to-step-wedges

    The Epson V800 appears to have the same performance as the V700 which I tested: it has more than enough dynamic range to handle typical B&W negatives.
    Did you ever get the scan to represent the stoufer Ken in terms of linearity, or did you not pursue it any further

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    I didn't pursue it. I took Peter De Smidt's good advice.

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    I didn't pursue it. I took Peter De Smidt's good advice.


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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    All you need is a Stouffer density scale. They comes in all sizes and shapes. Get the one that fits your scanner and has the increments that work for your needs. Details at:

    http://www.stouffer.net/using21step.htm

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    Re: Epson V800 Scanner Capabilities

    In the above-cited thread, it was helpful for me to find out that the scanner could accommodate that step-wedge.

    However, in that thread Peter pointed out that because we usually add an adjustment layer to each photograph, calibrating against any step-wedge whose density range is different from our usual film may be of questionable value. Having 2 curves instead of one may even degrade the tonal scale a bit.

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